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Probability's Nature and Nature's Probability : A Call to Scientific Integrity Paperback – March 18, 2009
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On the weaker side, the book does make use of quotes...a lot. To the point that it may turn some readers off or induce unfair/unsubstantiated cries of "quote-mining." (One should always check the source references, which are provided, for controversial quotes and *always* provide evidence before accusing of quote-mining...) The book may also cause uproar in the discussion of Dawkins' "Weasel" program, which has been a consuming topic of the ID-Darvo blogosphere recently. Although the book does correctly point out that since Dawkins never released his source code we are left to guess and infer what the underlying program structure was, it also only presents only one view of the progam, namely that it is equal to Partitioned Search. There is evidence that the program was not meant to model partitioned search ([...]), so at very least, that view should have also been presented.Read more ›
(ID) is empirically detectable. In nine short chapters, the
author swiftly covers broad domains such as probability calculations,
hypotheses on the origin of mass and energy in the universe, life
building blocks (e.g., DNA, enzymes, nucleotides, amino acids),
hypotheses on the origin of life (e.g., RNA world, panspermia),
information content in life, and why intelligent design matter.
The main turn off of the book is its usage of a large number of long
quotations of numerous scientific papers and popular books. Some
chapters are mostly made of quotations. At some point I would have
liked the author to stop quoting other people's work and present a
synthesis of his own ideas in his own words. Quotations amount to at
least 20% of the text, and I would not be surprised if the count is
actually above 30%. I was left with the impression that the author
strung together his reading notes to form the entire book. The author,
also, abruptly transitions from one subject to the next without any
explanations, which makes it very difficult to follow his reasoning.
The author introduces many technical aspects but in many cases without
first stating the objectives. I often looked ahead a few pages to
understand where the author was going. For instance, Einstein's
General Theory of Relativity is introduced in Chapter 3 for apparently
no reason. Its introduction still remain quite obscure to me. Another
example: the presentation of the Avida software (Chapter 7,
pp. 77-79). The author has one page introducing some details about it,
but we do not see until the end why it is important to read these
details.Read more ›
The book is easy to read and offers a large number of thoughts worth ruminating about.
The book illustrates the advantages and pitfalls of self-publishing. On the one hand, the price is unbeatable and was brought to market quickly. On the other hand, there is room for improvement in how the material is organized. Although the quotes and thoughts make sense individually, the chapters and sections could be organized more coherently. Additional diagrams would also be much appreciated.
I urge everyone to get a copy and watch for the other book he is coming out with.
Dr. Royal Truman
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